Just Say No: Loni Hancock avoids Nancy Reagan lovefest

State Sen. Loni HancockSTATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT | East Bay State Sen. Loni Hancock, like many progressives, had a difficult time holding their tongue as the national media and Republicans venerated former First Lady Nancy Reagan following her passing Mar. 6.According to the Sacramento Bee, Hancock and San Francisco State Sen. Mark Leno headed … Continue reading Just Say No: Loni Hancock avoids Nancy Reagan lovefest

Smartphone Kill-Switch Gets Reboot in State Senate; Oakland Applauds Passage

STATE SENATE | PUBLIC SAFETY | The push for smartphone kill-switches got a reprieve Thursday when the State Senate passed a bill mandating the inclusion of the disabling software on all cell phones sold in California. The same bill, authored by San Francisco State Sen. Mark Leno, was narrowly defeated two weeks ago, but now heads … Continue reading Smartphone Kill-Switch Gets Reboot in State Senate; Oakland Applauds Passage

Kalb: State Senate ‘Did a Dumb Thing’ on Smartphone Kill Switches

Oakland Councilmember Dan KalbSTATE SENTATE | OAKLAND | Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb know first hand how a kill-switch on smartphones may lessened the likelihood of being a victim of armed robbery. On Thursday, the State Senate narrowly failed to pass a bill backed by the Oakland City Council to include a function on all smartphones … Continue reading Kalb: State Senate ‘Did a Dumb Thing’ on Smartphone Kill Switches

Petition Asks Oakland City Council To Send Message To Russia Without Love

Nakhodka, Russia looks a bit likethe Port of Oakland.OAKLAND//CIVIL RIGHTS | An online petition is urging the City of Oakland to end a sister city relationship with its Russian counterpart in protest of the country’s anti-gay laws.The petition located at MoveOn.org is nearing its 1,000 signature goal as of Monday afternoon and hopes to send a … Continue reading Petition Asks Oakland City Council To Send Message To Russia Without Love

Lawmakers Respond To Criticism Over Records Act; Guv Says Put It To A Vote

Just as Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators in Sacramento continue to take heat from proponents of open government who howled the state's recently approved budget would "gut" the state's Public Records Act, there appears to be movement in the Legislature.State Sen. Mark Leno, according to the Sacramento Bee, will introduce a constitutional amendment Thursday that requires local governments and … Continue reading Lawmakers Respond To Criticism Over Records Act; Guv Says Put It To A Vote